• A filmmaker.
  • An enthusiast for or devotee of movies or filmmaking.

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Example Sentences

“He says he’s a cineaste, so I’m quite excited for this first date.” 

“I’m a cineaste from home, but I haven’t been to a movie theater in years.”

“Can I claim to be a cineaste if I don’t like to watch animated movies?”

Word Origin

French, 1920s

Why this word?

As the French Lumière brothers invented the Cinématographe motion-picture system in the late 19th century, it follows that a word for a film enthusiast — “cineaste” — merges two French words. This word was coined in the 1920s (when French avant-garde films were captivating audiences) from a combination of “ciné” (“cinema”) and “enthousiaste” (“enthusiast”).

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